Water Receding After Major Water Main Break in Ames Causes Problems

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AMES, Iowa – Emergency crews were called out on a major water main break in Ames Tuesday morning that threatened to flood a few apartment buildings.

The water main break was discovered shortly after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday in the area of South 3rd and South Duff. A spokesperson with the city of Ames says a 12 inch water main broke near S. Kellogg Ave and S. 3rd.

Ames Police say they notified people on the first floor of buildings at 219, 217, and 205 S. 5th about the water main break because the water was rising quickly and may reach their residences.

As of 6:45 a.m., water had reached the door of an apartment at 219 S. 5th but had not entered the building but there was about 4 inches of water in the parking lot.

When we spoke with police about 7:20 a.m. the water was receding.

Water customers may notice their water is rusty but the Ames Water Treatment Plant says it is still safe to drink.

City officials have not released how long repairs will take.

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